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2021 NBA Handicapping
(16-53) Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers (39-30)
Date: Wednesday, May 12th
Time: 10:30 PM EST
Venue: Staples Center, Los Angeles, California
NBA Moneyline Odds: Rockets +775 | Lakers -1205
NBA Betting Odds: Lakers -13.5
NBA Betting Total: 223.5
Wednesday, May 12th, the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers meet for the third and final time. The clubs played consecutive games on January 10th (120-102) and 12th (117-100) with the Lakers winning both.
Big night for the Lake Show as they’ll be raising the championship banner and LeBron James intends to return to the court.
The Lakers hold the all-time record between the clubs with 140 wins in 225 meetings. Last season, the teams played three times with Houston winning two of the three contests.
With only 16 wins and games remaining versus the Lakers, Clippers, and Hawks they’ve cemented one of the coveted bottom three positions for the NBA Draft lottery and as such will receive 14 percent odds of winning the top pick.
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Here’s the thing — even if they win all three matches they’ll still have fewer wins than the next lowest team (Pistons – 20). That means if the Rockets decide to play spoiler they have nothing to lose.
The evidence they are capable was provided seven games ago versus the Bucks. Although the last four matches are all losses the Rockets averaged 125.5 points per game.
Like all the committed tanking teams the Rockets injury report is massive…
Christian Wood, Danuel House Jr., and DaQuan Jeffries are all nursing sore ankles but listed as questionable.
John Wall (hamstring), Avery Bradley (personal), Sterling Brown (head/face laceration) Dante Exum (calf strain), Eric Gordon (groin strain); David Nwaba (wrist sprain) Kevin Porter Jr., (ankle), and D.j. Wilson (protocols) are all listed as out.
Los Angeles Lakers
After missing 20 games with a high ankle sprain and returning for two, LeBron James had to shut it down again and missed the next five games. During that stretch the Lakers lost twice (Clippers, Blazers) and won three (Nuggets, Suns, Knicks).
Anthony Davis tried to single-handedly carry the team while James was out. Removing his stats from the Clippers game since he only played nine minutes in the other four matches he averaged 30.7 points, 9.25 rebounds, a steal, and 1.75 blocks.
Talen Horton-Tucker was the hero on Tuesday, scoring seven points in overtime (13 in total) including the game-winning 3-pointer. Kyle Kuzma led LA’s scoring with 23 points while Andre Drummond delivered a 19 point, 16 rebound double-double.
Despite the win, the Lakers remain in seventh, a game back of the Mavericks.
Dennis Schroder (health and safety protocols), and Jared Dudley (torn MCL) remain out. It’s also possible Alex Caruso may be out given he had to leave early on Tuesday due to foot soreness.
NBA Betting Trends:
- The Lakers are 7-3 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings
- The Lakers are 7-3 ATS in the last 10 head to head meetings
- Over/Under is 2-8 in the teams last 10 head to head meetings.
- The Rockets are 0-6 SU in their last 6 games.
- The total has gone over in 5 of Houston’s last 5 games.
Free Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers NBA Prediction:
While this should be an automatic win for LA, again, the Rockets have nothing to lose playing spoiler. Many banner-raising nights result in the champions being drained from the emotion. The Lakers are hoping to counter that possibility by having LeBron back on the court.
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